Talk:Australian pied cormorant

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This is an inappropriate name[edit]

The species, Phalacrocorax varius is endemic to both Australia and New Zealand, thus I think it would be more appropriate for the common name to be either the Pied Shag (as it is known in New Zealand) or Pied Cormorant (as it more commonly known in Australia.) The name Australian pied cormorant is, I think, a misnomer for the New Zealand bird, also known by its Maori name Kahuriruhi; furthermore, Australian pied cormorant is not widely used in the Australian texts that I have access to, all refer to the Pied cormorant, and to a lesser extent the Yellow-faced cormorant, with brief mention of the 'Black and white shag, and Diver,' in Pizzey (1980) p 51.

The 'Annotated checklist of the birds of New Zealand' [1] (1970) p 32, no. 80. lists the species name as Phalacrocorax varius (Gmelin, 1789) and P. varius varius (Gmelin, 1789) Pied Shag (Kahuriruhi) Family Phalacrocoracidae : Shags (Cormorants)


  • Pied Shag, in 'The Field guide to the birds of New Zealand' [2] by Heather Barrie & Hugh Robertson (Rev. ed. 2005, 1996), pp 241–2 & plate 23
  • Pied Shag, in 'Action Plan for Seabird Conservation in New Zealand Part A: Threatened Seabirds' [3], [4] THREATENED SPECIES OCCASIONAL PUBLICATION NO. 16 by Graeme A. Taylor, May 2000, Department of Conservation, pp 105-7
  • Pied Shag, in 'Collins field guide : Birds of New Zealand and outlying islands' [5] by R A Falla, R B Sibson, & E G Turbott (1993, revised and enlarged with many editions) p 63
  • Pied Cormorant in 'eBird Taxonomy v2015' Clements Check list, published by Cornell Lab of Ornithology [6] [ Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)]
  • Pied Cormorant, in 'Field guide to the birds of Australia' [7] by Simpson & Day (1986), p 44
  • Pied Cormorant, in 'What bird is that?' [8] by Neville W. Cayley (1984) p 626
  • Pied Cormorant, in 'A field guide to the birds of Australia' [9] by Graham Pizzey (1980) p 51 [Black and white shag, Diver, Yellow-faced Cormorant]
  • Yellow-faced Cormorant, in 'Birds of Australia' [10] by J. D. Macdonald, ill. by Peter Slater (1973), p 65


Of related interest - historical images of Shags by John Gould (1837), and Sir Walter Lawry Buller, (1888).

  • The birds of Australia and the adjacent islands. Part I [11] by John Gould. *See pages 1523793_019_mm.tif & 1523793_020_mm.tif for a depiction of the Phalacrocorax punctatus aka Spotted Shag.
  • Pied Shag, Phalacrocorax varius. Emperor Shag, Phalacrocorax Imperialis (two-fifths natural size)[12] in 'A History of the Birds of New Zealand by Sir Walter Lawry Buller' Published by Sir Walter Lawry Buller, 1888, London.

And of tangential interest, a historical article from 1949, re identification.

  • 'Identification of New Zealand Mainland Shags' by R. A. Falla, Dominion Museum, Wellington. in Tuatara v2 i3, Sep 1949, pp 116–120 [13]

Grayfion (talk) 03:48, 29 May 2016 (UTC)